OnePlus 7 Pro's Popular New Features Will Be Getting Official Roll-Outs on the 5 and 6 Series

By Shabana Arif on at

The OnePlus 7 Pro launched today, and if you've read our review, you'll know that a couple of the fancy new features that have been introduced include Zen Mode and screen recording. While OnePlus has confirmed that it'll be rolling these out as updates to older phone models, eager fans have decided not to wait and just gone ahead and done it themselves.

TechRadar reports that there's now an APK on XDA Developers that will add both features to the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T, as well as the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T.

OnePlus was planning on rolling out Zen Mode and screen recording to the 6 series, and then give the 5 series the screen recording function only, but since the APK went live, owners of the older handsets have been reporting issues with both features, prompting OnePlus to release a statement (via 9to5Google) that says it will now be bringing Zen Mode and screen recording to both models:

We have received some feedback from users who have installed the Screen Recorder and Zen Mode on the OnePlus 5/5T/6/6T. The results turn out to be that when you are using Screen Recorder, there is no sound coming out when you play the game and listen to the music, or that there will still be notification reminders when you are in Zen Mode.

After checking with the team, the reasons are that current Screen Recorder and Zen Mode are only compatible with the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro and are not fully integrated with previous models. If you install these apps on other phone models, you may face some issues while using it. We recommend that you do not install and use the 2 applications until we fit them to the OnePlus 5/5T/6/6T.

We plan to release Screen Recorder and Zen Mode in next week’s open beta build for OnePlus 6/6T. And the software team is also working on the adaptation of these two applications on the OnePlus 5/5T and the stable build.

A janky fan-made version has ensured a happy ending for us all. Huzzah! You can check out our review of the One Plus 7 Pro, and if it's on the higher end of your budget, take a gander at our OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro comparison where the two duke it out for your hard-earned cash.

If you do decide to go for the pricier OnePlus 7 Pro after all, we've rounded up the best UK deals on the handset so your wallet won't feel quite so light afterwards.